The last round of hockey is over for the juniors. Before we talk about the teams that have made finals, we must congratulate everyone, as all players have played their heart out this year. Those that have had a tough season this year and kept on going should be congratulated.
Thanks to the many coaches that have helped the teams this year, thanks to the team managers and club administrators. A special huge thanks to all the parents who have been out there week after week in the cold, and wet, driving to the many distant hockey groups. Thanks to you for bringing your children to our club.
The under 8s have had a great season. They started the year with the hook in 2 hockey program, then moved on the Friday night under 8 program led by Phoebe Willcock, with coaches Warren Davey, Alice Arnold and Charlotte Moltzer, with help from many other. The children finished their season on Friday with a pizza night and presentations. Thanks to all, and we hope the children have enjoyed their first introduction to hockey. Many of the under 8s made it out in the cold and wet for the presentation night on Friday night.
The under 10s too have finished for the season. The children playing quarter field on Saturday morning in the games with Mentone and Bayside finished in the cold at Farm Rd. Thanks to the coaches, Zach Abaniel, Tom Chapman, Harry Quig, Kate McNess, Amelia Robertson, Tiff Blatchford led by Chris Abaniel for their hard work. A very special thanks to Iain and Robyn Fitzgerald who kept the quarter field program administered, and to Sue Jones who managed and trained our umpires each week.
Those that braved the cold wet Thursday night had a special visit by clown Tom, or was it coach Tom?
The weather was wet and VERY cold on Friday night for the last home and away games of the season.
At Farm Rd the 14 and 16 girls were playing for first on the ladder and a place in the finals. The 14 girls completed the task with aplomb with a 10-0 win over Geelong. This gives the girls the minor premiership and the double chance in the finals, playing at SNHC for the first final on Friday. The under 16 girls needed to beat top of the ladder Greensborough to get a home final, the game was close the girls going down 2-1 with Burra scoring in a penalty corner after the siren. This gives the girls fourth on the ladder and a place in the elimination final against Brumbies on Friday, most likely at Elgar Park.
The Under 14 south team finished on a high, after having a tough season, a 2-2 draw against Mornington, 2 goals to Douglas Allan, absolutely brilliant team.
At Mentone on Friday night the Under 14 pennant team were aiming to keep their third position on the ladder to get a home elimination final. With the 1-1 draw against Mentone they did exactly that, and should be playing Mornington at Farm Rd on Friday night. Let's hope they can produce the same result they did in round 13 when they beat Mornington 3-0. The team finished the night with an end of season celebration. Great work Coach.
At Frankston the under 16 pennant team finished their season fifth on the ladder with Frankston taking the points in a 2-0 game. Their last two games have probably been the strongest. Look out next year!!
The under 18 mixed crew finished the night, needing to win or draw to keep their 2nd position on the ladder and the double chance in the finals, that they did in their 6-0 win. Giving them the joy of trip to Burra for the qualifying final on Friday night.
Elgar Park was the exciting location for the 14 and 16 mixed shield games. Both teams had a spot in the finals already, but the games would affected who they would play. All mixed shield teams have sudden death finals, no-one gets a double chance. The 14 team short of a few players with young George Papadopolous filling in and the wonderful Davin back in the team played an incredibly close game with Southern getting the 2-1 win with a penalty corner after the siren. This gives the 14s third on the ladder and a final against Doncaster on Friday.
The 16 mixed shield team needed to win to keep top spot which gives a better run in the finals, with a 6-0 win over Brumbies the minor premiership was secured and a final on Friday also against Doncaster, after Donnie beat Powerhouse.
In the fight for the finals in under 16 south, the black team went down 5-0 to unbeaten St Bedes. The boys played their best game of the season. Thanks to Ruben doubling up in goals for black and red. The red team played Mornington and were clearly holding their own until an injury to Zoe, giving Mornington the upper hand in the second half, and going down 4-2. This gives the read team fourth on the ladder, and a game against Monash at Monash on Friday night, while Black take fifth spot on the ladder.
On Saturday morning at Farm Rd, the under 12 shield girls started the morning with a high. They were already minor premiers, but proved the point with a 7-0 win over Mentone. Under 12 girls pennant had a close game against Knox with Knox taking the points 3-2.
Under 12 mixed shield played 2nd on the ladder Waverley. First and second are a significant number of points ahead of three and four, but our Southern boys gave them a run for their money with a 2-2 draw. Southern will play Camberwell in the sudden death final at the hockey centre on Saturday.
At Brighton on Saturday morning, our wonderful under 12 boys pennant team played a strong game with most of the possession for a 1-1 draw against Hawthorn. These boys have worked hard all season, with most of them still qualifying to play under 10s. The under 12 south also have had a tough season, finishing with a loss against Mentone with Atticus Nunes scoring the goal.
In the under 10 half field, the under 10 boys finished the season with a great 6-2 win. Thanks to Michael Gow who has completed his first season coaching a Southern team in a formal comp, after coaching the black team in the quarter field last year. The under 10 girls also finished on a high with a 6-0 win over Mentone. Thanks Alice and Laura for all your work with the girls.